New Delhi: Environmentalists and NGOs have sought intervention of President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to end indefinite hunger strike of Ganga warrior G D Agrawal.
Prof Agrawal has been holding indefinite hunger strike in Uttarakhand for past 23 days for the cause of Ganga river.
In a joint letter signed by almost 70 dignitaries, including CPI leader Atul Anjan, former Member of Parliament Harsh Nath, Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Union Chief VN Singh, General (retired) A K Singh, author and senior journalists P Sainath and Ved Prakash Vedic, the signatories urged that the demands of the 86-year old Ganga warrior over the issues related to the sacred river be met, Tarun Bharat Sangh chief 'Waterman' Rajendra Singh told UNI on Sunday.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav and others have already expressed their solidarity and supported the stir of IIT professor-turned saint.
He is fasting for immediate passage of 'The Ganga Protection and Management Bill' in Parliament and halting work on the hydro power projects along the Mandakini and Alaknanda rivers, the two tributaries of the Ganga, Mr Singh said. Similar letters will be sent to Mr Kovind, Mr Naidu and Mr Modi by activists from different places through the respective district collectors, he said.
Prof Agrawal, the first member secretary of the Central Pollution Control Board(CPCB), has been engaged in protracted struggle for decades for uninterrupted and pollution free flow in the Ganga along its entire course.
Since June 22 last, he has been on "Fast-unto-Death". Prof Agarwal started his fast in Kanakhal-Haridwar but later he was shifted to Dehradun by the police.
The octogenarian has now been admitted to AIIMS, Rishikesh where he refused to break his fast and take medicines, Mr Singh said. UNI